Roeboats at the Ilen framing out and Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival.

Here are some photos of the Ilen the last wooden sailing cargo vessel built in Ireland in 1926 for use in the Falkland Islands. She’s currently undergoing a rebuild here in West Cork. I was invited to the framing out celebrations on the completion of the reframing of the boat. Next step is the planking and you can help by sponsoring a plank. They are also running traditional boat building workshops each month. They’ve also started a blog here.

Frames of wooden boat Ilen taken by Tiernan Roe of Roeboats custom boat builders

The Baltimore Wooden Boat festival was a tremendous success with up to 70 boats attending. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of the weekend as I was too busy talking to people about Ninigret. I’m exhausted having spent the entire weekend talking.

Roeboats, Ballydehob, Co. Cork, t:+353 (0)28 38973 m: +353 (0)86 158 69 37


2 thoughts on “Roeboats at the Ilen framing out and Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival.

  1. Glad everything went well for your Baltimore visit. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get down from Connecticut due to shoulder surgery. Would have enjoyed meeting you in person. However, I’m looking forward to the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport in three weeks. Thanks for the ILen pictures. It should be a great project to follow. Continued success. As to your radio interview, you sounded just like yourself. 8^)

    Ee Nolan

  2. It was the original Baltimore in West Cork; but I hope to get to Mystic someday. Hope the shoulder gets better.

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